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Nesting birds on campus

 
2011-05-11

Aggressive behaviour from crows nesting in trees between Mackintosh-Corry Hall and Ellis Hall has alarmed some Queen’s community members passing through the area.

Environmental Health and Safety has consulted with a wildlife expert and concluded that the birds are protecting nests they have built in pine trees. Queen’s explored a number of potential options, and ultimately decided that it was best to leave the nests as they are.

“One of the nicest things about our urban campus is that a wide range of species make their homes here,” says Dan Langham, Director, Environmental Health and Safety. “We’re happy to co-exist with the animals on campus, but it’s important that people are aware of areas they may want to avoid until nesting season is over.”

It is expected that the birds will remain aggressive for approximately the next month, until the young have left the nest. Signs in the area will alert passersby about the birds, but community members should exercise some caution when walking along the path.

Queen’s will continue to monitor the situation from a public safety standpoint.
 

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